In 100 days, meet the new king. “The Lion King” remake releases the first official trailer that pays homage to classic scenes such as the Elephant Graveyard, The Stampede, and Hakuna Matata.
Since its announcement at the D23 Expo in 2017, fans have been patiently waiting for a full-length trailer to the remake of Disney’s 1994 classic, “The Lion King”. Directed by John Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man, Elf), the only clips that were known were the opening “Circle of Life” sequence. Until today. Witness the birth of a new king in this new official trailer from Walt Disney Studios.
The trailer begins with a young Simba and Nala walking through the Elephant Graveyard. We hear Scar’s voice (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor) proclaim life is not fair, which we can assume is being said to Simba. It is also during this proclamation we get a first look at Scar whose color scheme is more realistic, trading in the classic brown and black for an off-yellow and light brown mane. After a fadeout from Scar in the cave, we see three hyenas who are no-doubt the trio Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed.
After a quick visual card, “From Disney”, we see a quick shot of cranes flying over Pride Land, followed by Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) and young Simba (voiced by JD McCrary) in the famous “everything the light touches is ours” speech, taking place immediately after Mufasa saves Simba and Nala from the hyenas in the Elephant Graveyard. While Mufasa is delivering the speech to Simba, there is a quick shot of a less-vibrant Zazu (voiced by John Oliver).
There is another visual card, “From the Director of The Jungle Book“, Scar is surrounded by hyenas (could this be the Be Prepared sequence, which was rumored to not be part of this movie?) followed by Nala and Simba looking guilty following Mufasa towards Pride Land.
After the “On July 19” visual card, we get another shot of The Stampede sequence. This trailer expands on what has been seen by adding Scar’s threat to Simba telling him to run away and never come back. Then we see Rafiki (voiced by John Kani) looking somber. After a series of sad references, we finally see Simba, Timon (voiced by Billy Eichner) and Pumba (voiced by Seth Rogen) in the transition montage of Hakuna Matata sequence. Keeping with the momentum of happy scenes, we see Rafiki swinging between trees (on his way to Simba, perhaps?) followed by adult Simba (voiced by Donald Glover) and adult Nala (voiced by Beyoncé) reuniting after Simba’s self-exile from Pride Land. We then see Scar walking towards a pack of lionesses on Pride Rock, more than likely delivering the news of the King’s death and the death of the Prince. After Rafiki draws a mane on the rock drawing of a young Simba, we hear Mufasa’s voiceover telling Simba to take his place in the Circle of Life while an adult Simba roars into the night sky.
Following the “Disney’s The Lion King” title card, we get arguably the best part of the trailer with Timon and Pumba singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.
Witness the birth of a king this summer July 19, 2019.